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Here’s Why Barbra Streisand Quoted Memphis Bleek On Twitter
While speaking out against former president Donald Trump on Twitter, Barbra Steisand quoted Memphis Bleek’s “1-900-HUSTLER” verse.
EGOT-winning vocalist and actress Barbra Streisand is clearly down with Roc-A-Fella. The 81-year-old, who’s also a political activist, tweeted a warning about former president Donald Trump’s impending third presidential campaign, while also unintentionally (or intentionally) quoting a part of Memphis Bleek’s verse from “1-900-HUSTLER.” The song, which features former Roc-A-Fella giants JAY-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Freeway, was featured on 2000 compilation The Dynasty.
\u201cTrump is going to be indicted for stealing classified documents. He is going crazy with his tweets urging his cult to \u201cFIGHT.\u201d We remember what happened on January 6th. "The strong are quiet, the weak start riots." \u2013 Rapper Memphis Bleek\u201d— Barbra Streisand (@Barbra Streisand) 1686160550
At the end of the tweet, Streisand gave props to “Rapper Memphis Bleek,” setting off her quote replies. The Brooklyn-born musical legend wouldn’t be the first artist to take a stance against Trump, as numerous, including the Village People and the estate of Issac Hayes have sent cease-and-desist letters to Trump about refraining from using their music during political events.
In 2021, Streisand spoke to Variety about Trump’s presidency being a “disaster.”
"Removing climate change facts from a website even?" she said. "I mean, not being allowed to mention the phrase climate change."
She added, "That was four years in a black hole. Unforgivable. Four years of people dying unnecessarily because they didn't tell the truth. The truth is so important. Tell people the truth, they can deal with it."
\u201cbabz packing 3 nines like the year?\u201d— Desus MFing Nice\ud83d\udcaf (@Desus MFing Nice\ud83d\udcaf) 1686172616
\u201cBarbra Streisand being a Memphis Bleek fan wasn\u2019t on my bingo card, but now I\u2019m stanning even harder. \ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\u201d— Isha Thorpe (@Isha Thorpe) 1686179280
\u201cwould not have pegged Barbra Streisand as a Memphis Bleek fan\u201d— Sam Hockley-Smith (@Sam Hockley-Smith) 1686166635
\u201cBarbra Streisand quoting MEMPHIS BLEEK this can\u2019t be real\u201d— TROX (@TROX) 1686168421
Bleek, legal name Malik Cox, also acknowledged the shoutout on Instagram.
The rapper, who grew up in the Marcy Projects alongside Hov, hasn’t released an album since 2005’s 534. Although he’s seemingly remained friendly with Hov, attending the 2023 Roc Nation in the Hollywood Hills, he laughed at a response to a collaborative project with the “God Did” emcee in March.
The two teamed up on multiple records throughout the 1990s, including “Get Your Mind Right,” “What You Think of That,” “Do My…” and “Coming of Age,” which appeared on Hov’s 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt.
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